Ospreys nest where they can get a good view of the fishing; state traffic cams offer a bird’s eye view

Will this Osprey get a ticket from O'Malley for parking in a thru lane?

Will this Osprey get a ticket from O’Malley for parking in a thru lane?

From NBC 4 Washington
SANDY POINT, MD. — 2014-04-24 — Maryland transportation officials say they’re considering building a nesting platform for ospreys who insist on building and rebuilding nests in front of a traffic camera pointed at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
The Maryland Transportation Authority tweeted Wednesday that it is consulting with engineers about a platform after removing nests over Route 50 three times. Authority spokesman John Sales says officials got permission to move the nest from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nest did not contain eggs or young birds.
Sales says the camera has caught the birds attacking the camera, which could cost $6,000 to replace. A nesting platform would be built nearby, but in a spot that’s safer for the birds and any future chicks.

This osprey takes a break from a busy day of fetching fish to simply sit on the dock of the bay...THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

This osprey takes a break from a busy day of fetching fish to simply sit on the dock of the bay…THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
How to defeat a nesting osprey on a picnic table, boat or pier. Set up umbrella, run bunge cords in every direction and you will win. The osprey will actually nest in a tall pine tree but may dive bomb on occasion. Fight them off with a hose.

How to defeat a nesting osprey on a picnic table, boat or pier. Set up umbrella, run bunge cords in every direction and you will win. The osprey will actually nest in a tall pine tree but may dive bomb on occasion. Fight them off with a hose. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
The United States Navy believes this is what an osprey looks like.

The United States Navy believes this is what an osprey looks like.

Herons perch on fish nets for dinner. THE CHESAPEAKE photo copyright 2010
Heron stands alert. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

Heron stands alert. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo

 

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